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Oct. 30, 2010

By John Kenny

Avon Lake girls soccer coach Kiko Lopez was named the 2010 Division I Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association at its recent meeting.

Kiko's Shoregals compiled a 12-4-1 record this Fall and were undefeated Southwestern Conference champions at 6-0-1. This was the first conference crown in the 18 year history of the program.

In his 4th year at the helm, Kiko has amassed a record of 47 wins 18 losses 7 ties for a winning percentage of 70%. The 47 wins puts Kiko into a tie with former coach Tom Greene for the most victories in program history.

Lopez also now owns the highest career winning percentage and the best career Southwestern Conference records for the girls soccer program.

Additionally, he was recently named 2010 SWC Coach of the Year.

The Shoregals mentor has had prior head coaching stints at both Berea High School and St. Ed's along with several club teams. Previously, he has been named 2008 Lorain County Soccer Coaches Assn. Div. 1 Coach of the Year and 2003 LCSCA Div. 1 Coach of the Year along with 2003 OYSAN Girls Coach of the Year for his work with youth soccer teams. A familiar name in Cleveland soccer circles, Kiko is the director of Kiko's Dribbling School & camps and has trained many of the best players in Northeastern Ohio.

Kiko honed his soccer skills in the El Salvador 1st & 2nd divisions. His daughter Tani was an All-Ohio player last year and is now on the Ashland University soccer team. A younger daughter, Mariella is working her way up through the youth soccer & club ranks and will be a Shoregal in the near future.

Four Vikings 

Named To All-

Horizon Soccer 


Kelly Zinkiewich Named Goalkeeper of the Year

By Brian McCann

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Cleveland State was rewarded for its breakout women's soccer season as four members of the Viking squad were named to the All-Horizon League teams, which were announced on Friday by the league office.

Senior Kelly Zinkiewich and junior Natalie Daniels were each named to the All-Horizon League first team, becoming the first players in the seven-year history of the program to make the first team, while Zinkiewich was also tabbed as the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year.  In addition, sophomore defender Valerie Stahl was named to the second team while freshman Frederike Dubeau was a member of the all-newcomer team.

Avon Lake native, two-time Academic All-

American Christine Chiricosta named Bee 

Gee tennis captain

Bowling Green State University tennis coach Penny Dean has announced that senior Christine Chiricosta has been named team captain for the 2010-11 season.

"I am proud of Christine," said Dean.  "She is a natural leader, and has been such an important part of this team for over three years.  She is more than deserving of being named team captain."
Christine Chiricosta

Chiricosta, a native of Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake H.S.), is entering her second year as the Falcons' top singles player, after playing at the number-two flight during her freshman and sophomore seasons.  She has played at the number-one doubles flight in every year at BGSU.

On the court, Chiricosta currently has a total of 139 combined victories, including 70 singles wins and 69 doubles wins, at BGSU.  She is tied for ninth on the BG career list for total wins, and ranks 10th in doubles victories and 12th in singles wins.  Chiricosta is within striking distance of the BGSU career records (81 singles wins, 84 doubles wins, 153 combined wins) in all three categories.


Walsh alumna Rose Augustin leads 

Fighting Irish into NCAA tourney

Oct. 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Walsh Jesuit alumna Rose Augustin ranks second in scoring on the University of Notre Dame’s soccer team.

A senior, Augustin leads the Fighting Irish in assists with seven and also has five goals, placing her in the No. 2 spot on the team in goals scored.

She has a shots-on-goal percentage of .393 and one game-winning goal.

Auguistin and the Irish are ranked third in the nation and play their first NCAA playoff match tomorrow against Connecticut.

St. Ed ends perfect regular season with rout 

of rival St. Ignatius in front of 12,000

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Oct. 30, 2010

PARMA – St. Edward snapped a four-game losing streak against its arch rival St. Ignatius and consummated an undefeated regular season with a 33-10 win tonight here on Byers Field in Rob Bolton Stadium.

The Eagles (10-0) earned the No. 2 seed in Division I, Region 1 with the win over the Widlcats, who close the season at 4-6 and not playing in Week 11 for the first time since 1988.

They’ll host a playoff game next Saturday at Lakewood Stadium, probably against Mentor.   

The Eagles wasted no time in putting points on the board and an early lead. After the opening kickoff, the Eagles drove 80 yards in three minutes and 19 seconds, Terrell Bates scoring from two yards out on a fourth-down play.

In the 80-yard drive, 77 yards came on the ground as the two guys named Terrell (Reggie Terrell and Terrell Bates) traded off and on running for a good chunk of the yardage. 


Mike DiNunzio remained perfect on the season on the PAT, kicking the point to make it 7-0.


Watch a short video of DiNunzio’s field goal in today’s Eagles-Wildcats game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


While the St. Ignatius offense seemed dead in the early going, the defense was not. Mike Spetina intercepted a Kevin Burke pass and returned it to the Eagle 34-yard line.

The offense did a three-and-out, but the special teams were there for back-up as kicker Tim Shenk drilled a 49-yard field goal with 4:21 to go in the first period. It was the second-longest field goal in St. Ignatius history.

On the quarterback keeper, Kevin Burke scampered 30-yards down the right sidelines to make it 13-3 with 18 seconds to go in the first quarter.  Old reliable, DiNunzio, added the ace and the Eagles had an 11-point lead before the first quarter was even in the books.

Watch  post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Kevin Burke from today’s Eagles-Wildcats game, filmed and conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading



The Wildcats offense was so invisible in the first half that they actually had back-to-back three-and-outs. At the onset of the second quarter, they produced no first down after three tries, but they were given a chance when punter Peter Russo went to the turf after his kick.

The roughing the kicker penalty gave them three fresh downs, but again it just prolonged the inevitable giveback on another punt, the second one penalty free.

The St. Ignatius defense thwarted the next Eagle drive, thanks in part to a sack by Eddie Cleveland.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Eagles-Wildcats game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


This time St. Ignatius tried something different on offense by inserting senior Joe Greco in at quarterback to replace Matt Hoyer. Greco was not supposed to play because he has an injured shoulder, but then again this was the last game the season for the Cats, and he was activated just prior to the game perhaps for a purpose such as this one.

Still, they did nothing on offense, but the Eagles did after yet another Iggy punt, Burke throwing 29 yards to the back of the end zone to Chris Connors with 3:31 in the half. The Eagles led 21-3 after the PAT.

The Wildcats did not have to punt on their next possession because Avery Bailey took care of that by intercepting a Greco pass and returning it to the Iggy nine-yard line.

St. Ed drove to inside the one-yard line, but a tenacious goal line stand by the Iggy defense, representing that of the 1988 championship team at the end of the title game against Princeton, denied the Eagles.

Not to be outdone, the Eagle defense did them one better by tacking two more points on the board when Darryl Render tackled Danny Grace in the end zone for a safety, making it 23-3 with 1:53 to go in the half.

Again, the St. Ignatius defense shined, turning back the Eagles on their final offensive drive on the half, one yard from the Red Zone, when Mike Ryan recovered a fumble for the hosts.

Sam McDonough turned in a sack for the Eagles in the waning seconds of the first half as a late flurry by Iggy could to produce any points and it stood at 23-3 at the half.

Greco threw three yards to Mike Thomas to make it 23-10, but then Eds put the final two scores on the board on a Bates TD DiNunzio field goal.

jEds Iggy

B-W Women’s Cross Country Team 

Finishes Tied for Second and the Men are 

Fourth at OAC Championship Meet

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s cross country team tied for second and the men finished fourth today (Saturday, October 30) at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference ChampionshipMeet, hosted by Otterbein University in Westerville.  Despite not winning the title this season, the Yellow Jacket women have won 16 of the past 23 OAC titles.

The women had 63 total points to tied with host Otterbein University for second.  The men had 110 points to place fourth.  Ohio Northern University won the women’s title and the University of Mount Union captured the men’s crown.



Chris Hanle wins boys' D-I regional cross 

country title and leads Louisville to team 


 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Louisville’s Chris Hanle won the Boys’ Division I regional cross country championship in 15:47.14, leading his team to the team title in the Boardman regional.


He was followed by teammate Andrew Nelson in 16th, Stephen Stamp in 17th, Nick Koczwara in 26th and Nick Thomas in 31st.


In the individual rankings, Riverside’s Zack McBride finished second, Copley’s Nick Pupino third, Revere’s Josh Sabo fourth, and Walsh Jesuit’s Tony Howkins fifth.


Walsh finished second in the team race, followed by Hudson in third, Solon in fourth and Hoover in fifth.


The Explorers’ best was Nolan Riley in ninth, the Vikings’ tops was Tommy Lewis in 11th and Comets’ highest guy was Matt Fakler in 12th.




McKinley tops Massillon, 40-17; 

Kyle Ohradzansky earns MVP 

award; Jermaine Edmondson 

interceptions set up two 

Bulldog scores

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.comOct. 30, 2010

MASSILLON – Led by Kyle Ohradzansky’s two touchdown runs and a TD pass in front of 17,794 fans today here in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, McKinley defeated Massillon, 40-17, in the 120th meeting between the two Stark County rivals.

Ohradzansky, a senior, ran for over 100 yards and also went over the 100-yard plateau passing, earning himself the Rival Sports/U.S. Marines Most Valuable Player of the Game award.


Listen to post-gsame interview with McKinley Student/Athlete Kyle Ohradzansky from today’s Buldogs-Tigers game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


It has been a storied three-year career for Ohradzansky, who rode down 90 minutes from Avon every day with his dad Mark, a teacher/assistant coach, under the open enrollment program.

Spending his freshman year at Culver Military Academy, where he was planning to specialize as an ice hockey player and prep-school student, 

Watch a few short videos of today’s Tigers-Bulldogs game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Ohradzansky opted out three years ago to play football for his dad, who was forced out as the Fairview High School head coach five years ago for political reasons and then pushed away from garnering the same job at Avon High School for a set of other political reasons shortly after that.

Already a playoff spot clinched before the game, the Bulldogs have now assured themselves of a home game in the first round while Massillon will have to travel to Toledo Whitmer.

Each team was charged with seven first-half penalties, McKinley for 71 yards and Massillon for 85 yards.

With a plethora of penalties whistled on both teams in the first 24 minutes, McKinley led Massillon, 14-10, at the half.

Not wasting any time in getting the pulling-away process rolling, the Bulldogs made it 20-10 on a 24-yard quarterback keeper by Ohradzansky with 9:04 left to go in the third quarter.

The 72-yard scoring drive was set up by a Jermaine Edmondson interception. A 47-yard run by Elijah Farrakhan was the big play in the offensive drive. 


Listen to post-game interview with McKinley Student/Athlete Elijah Farrakhan from today’s Buldogs-Tigers game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading



The run put Farrakhan over the 100-yard mark rushing on the afternoon.

Ohradzansky’s run put him above 100 yards in total offense on the day.

On Massillon’s next possession, Christian Thompson turned in a big play for the Bulldogs on a tackle for loss on a Tiger fourth down play to turn the ball over on downs.

After McKinley gave it up, Edmondson set up the Bulldogs’ second score of the half with another interception. 

Edmondson, two key interceptions

This time Ohradzansky threw 19 yards to Malcolm Robinson to make it 27-10 with 4:17 to go in the third.

Jake Reiman cut it to 27-17 with 1:20 to go on a one-yard run.

After the two teams exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter, Massillon took its first lead of the game, 10-7, on a 37-yard field goal by Anthony McCarthy with 6:35 left in the half.

Massillon drove to the 5-yard line of McKinley, but an offensive pass interference penalty set it back, making way for the three-point settlement.

A 27-yard pass completion from Kyle Kempt to Justin Olack for 27 yards was the highlight play in the drive. Kempt also threw 20 yards to Devin Smith in the drive.

Aided by penalties on the Tiger defense, McKinley staged a 76-yard drive to get back the lead back, 14-10 with three minutes to go in the half. Sa'Veon Holloway scored on a six-yard to end the drive.

Inside two minutes left in the half, Massillon again had a first and goal, but came up with no points, leaving the score 14-10 at the half.

Defensively, Steve Miller had a sack and Christian Thompson a tackle for loss for McKinley in the second quarter. For Massillon, Tim Dimitroff had a quarterback-hurry on a key Bulldog third-down play.

Only in a Massillon-McKinley game can some of the inordinate situations occur. McKinley was faced with a third down and 39-yards to go at its own 11-yard line. Quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky executed a quick-kick, the ball hit the heel of the return man from Massillon and Malcolm Robinson recovered for a Bulldogs first down.

Rival Sports, US Marines honor McKinley's 

Kyle Ohradzansky, Massillon's Ryan Skelly 

for Academics/Athletics

Oct. 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MASSILLON – Prior to the start of today’s game, Canton McKinley’s Kyle Ohradzansky and Massillon’s Ryan Skelly were named the Scholar/Athletes by Rival Sports and the U.S. Marines, sponsors of today’s Bulldogs-Tigers battle.


Skelly and Ohradzansky were honored for both their academic and athletic success.

Skelly is a senior defensive back for the Tigers while Ohradzansky has been the starting quarterback for the Dogs the past three seasons. He has driven down from his home in Avon (90 minutes) every day the past three seasons with his dad, Mark Ohradzansky, a Teacher/Coach at McKinley.


Avon boys win regional championship; 

Tyler Kvach's fifth leads the Eagles

Oct. 30, 2010

The Avon boys cross country team proved that they are "ONE TEAM" with "ONE DREAM" today at the Tiffin Regional meet. For the first time in school history, the boys team won the regional team championship. 

This is also the first time EVER for an Avon boys cross country team to qualify to the state meet. 

S/A-Cleveland Photo By Roger Smith

The boys strong pack up front was impressive as the top 4 Avon boys all finished in the top 16 spots. Senior Tyler Kvach led the way in 5th place. Freshman Austin Fasciana ran over a 30 second personal best and finished in 10th place. 

Senior Sma Bickley finished 12th, while Blake Pecoraro grabbed the last individual qualifying spot 16th. Senior Matt Hawkins was Avon's last scorer and finished 58th. Jacob Betts finished 67th and Ayoub Kirresh was 97th. 

Avon finished with 70 points over Elyria Catholic (96 points), and Bay (110 points). The boys will head to Columbus this weekend to race at Scioto Downs at 11:50 on Saturday.

The Avon girls finished their season with several personal records. Emily Starr and Liz Bruno led the way in 33rd and 35th places, respectively. 

Both girls ran 20:12 which are PR's. Also running a PR was Linda Morales with a time of 20:34 (52nd place). Kayla Welch was 85th, Emily Roessler was 86th, Devon DeLorge was 102nd, and Monica Bickley was 111th. The girls team finished 1oth place. 

Case Western Reserve Football’s 38-Game 

Regular Season Win Streak Snapped at 


CHICAGO, IL – Senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) broke a school-record for receptions in a season and the Spartan defense forced four turnovers, but it wasn’t enough as the 23rd-ranked (AFCA) Case Western Reserve University football team lost by a score of 24-20 at theUniversity of Chicago in its University Athletic Association opener on Saturday, October 30 at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. The loss snapped Case’s 38-game regular season win streak.
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 7-1 overall and will return to action next Saturday, November 6 versus Washington University (MO) at 12:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland. With its win, Chicagoimproves to 6-2 and gets its first-ever win versus a ranked opponent.
The last Spartan regular season loss came on November 4, 2006 at Grove City College (PA) by a score of 40-33.
Homyk totaled eight receptions for 142 yards and now has 72 for 964 yards this season. The previous record of 71 receptions was set by David Kallevig in 2004.
Case took its opening drive 45 yards on five plays and scored when senior quarterback Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) rushed in on a third down from the six yard line for his first rushing touchdown of the season. The point after by senior kicker Sam Coffey (Middletown, OH/Lakota East) made the score 7-0 at the 11:37 mark.
The ensuing Maroon possession ended quickly when junior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) intercepted a Marshall Oium pass and returned it 15 yards to the UC 23 yard line. However, Chicago was able to force the Spartans out on downs to keep its deficit at seven.
Later in the quarter, the Spartan defense forced another turnover when senior cornerback James Wodicka (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) intercepted an Oium pass attempt in the endzone, keeping the score at 7-0 to end the period.
Chicago answered on its following drive when Oium hooked up with tight end Brandon Meckelberg for a two-yard TD pass on fourth and goal to cap an eight-play, 45-yard drive. The PAT was missed and the score stood 7-6 with 11:36 remaining in the first half.
The Maroons threatened again on their following possession but had a nine-play, 66-yard drive thwarted by an Oium fumble in the endzone, which Adams recovered for a touchback.
The score remained the same until late in the third quarter when Baum eluded pass rushers and connected on a 32-yard TD strike to senior wide out Shaun Nicely (Willoughby, OH/Willoughby South) to cap a seven-play, 74-yard drive. The drive featured a reverse-pass from Nicely to Homyk that totaled 33 yards. Coffey’s PAT was blocked and the score remained at 13-6 with 4:58 left in the third.
Chicago cut into the lead in the fourth quarter when Emmett Carrier intercepted a Baum pass attempt and returned it 43 yards for a TD. Case was able to hold onto the lead with a blocked PAT by Homyk with 11:16 left to play.
The Spartans responded on their following possession and marched 65 yards on seven plays and found the end zone when senior running back Billy Deitmen (Mentor, OH/Mentor) rushed in from eight yards out. Coffey’s PAT made the score 20-12 with 7:52 remaining.
The Maroons came right back on the ensuing drive when Oium connected on a 52-yard TD pass to Dee Brizzolara to bring the score to 20-18. UC attempted to tie the score with a two-point conversion, but junior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, OH/Holy Name) was able to stop Oium short of the goal line.
Case’s next drive went three-and-out and nearly resulted in a special teams turnover, but junior punter Daniel Vasil (Erie, PA/McDowell) was able to save a low snap and kick the ball to the Case 44 yard line and the next Chicago drive ended on downs.
However, the Maroons held the next Spartan drive in check and took over possession at the visitor 48. Four plays later, Oium hooked up with Dee Brizzolara for a 46-yard TD pass to put UC ahead 24-20.
Case was unable to generate a comeback on its next possession and the Chicago ended the contest with a kneel.
For the game, Baum totaled 259 yards on 19 completions. Nicely totaled five receptions for 91 yards and is now just two scores shy of tying the Case career touchdown receptions record (31).
Defensively, English totaled eight tackles, Adams recorded seven stops with an interception and a fumble recovery, and Wodicka grabbed a career-high two interceptions.

Oberlin Women's Cross Country Claims Second Straight Conference Crown
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Crawfordsville, Ind. – For the second straight season the Oberlin College women’s cross country team can call itself conference championships as they won the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship with a total of 56 points.

“Obviously this was a great day for us,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “We ran a smart and hard race and I couldn’t more proud of the team. Now we need to build from here as we move to the regionals in two weeks.”

Senior sensation Joanna Johnson claimed her third conference title as she bested the field by 52 seconds with a mark of 22:03. Head Coach Appenheimer was also voted Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Rookie phenom Molly Martorella checked in seventh in the 82-runner field as she completed the 6K course in 23:24.1

The young Yeowomen talent shined through on this day as sophomoreCaroline Martin and first-year Pearl Rivers ran excellent races to finish 13th and 15th, respectively. Martin touched the tape in 23:59.9, while Rivers was close behind at 24:00.3.

Oberlin had all five of placers finish in the top 20 and had all seven of its runners in the top 25. Completing the scoring was junior Nina Cole who stopped the clock at 24:07.9.

The displacers for Oberlin played a large part in them winning the race as they edged out Allegheny by just two points. Sophomore Kristina Whitcher finished one spot back of Cole with a time of 24:08.4., which was ahead of Allegheny’s fifth-best runner. Senior Hilary Tipton placed 25th with a time of 24:19.6 to complete the OC line-up.

Oberlin will return to action in two weeks at the NCAA Regionals at Hope College.

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